Bathroom MakeoverBathroom Makeover | Part 1

September 8, 2018by cheree3

The first room we are tackling in our house renovation is the main bathroom.  After three years of renting this house, I have had a lot of time to think about what I want to rip up and tear down in my least favourite room in the house.   It was a hard choice, but the 1940’s fish mirror ended up being the first item in our skip bin!

That grimy lino went flying out the door fast too!

Hopefully, we will be able to find a nice home for the pedestal basin.  Shame we didn’t have a matching pair of taps to go with her…

I am so looking forward to replacing the rickety toilet seat, but I had to admit I did want to keep the industrial/school like toilet flusher.

They say the bathrooms are the hardest room in the house and boy were they not kidding!  There are so many components for us to complete:

*Build new walls

*New rondo ceiling (which is a suspended ceiling) to help make the ceiling flat and even

*Install a new shower + water proof membrane the area

*All the plumbing

*Tiles to lay

*Windows to double glaze

*All new electrics + underfloor heating

*Door installation

*Plastering and painting

Phew looking at this list just makes me exhausted!  Fortunately, Paul will be doing most of the hard work so I will be on sandwich & cheerleading duty, plus finalising the overall look.

We are moving at a steady pace.  It’s exciting to see new Gib lined walls going up.  At other times it was quite disconcerting seeing half of your bathroom demolished.  There was a point when we had just pulled down the chimney that crossed over from the living room and we could see the garage from the toilet. Talk about natural air conditioning!

At night it was like stepping onto a WW2 movie set.


Paul kept saying it’s going to look a whole lot more ugly before it looks pretty again.  Unfortunately, I think he might be right this time.

On the positive side, we have had a few early wins too.  I had my eye on these Carra Marble hexagon tiles when I went into the tile shop just down the road and showed him the picture.  He said it must be Devine timing because these just came into the shop today.


In fact, we were so quick off the mark that the owner hadn’t even priced the tiles up so we got them at a really good price.  Here is the link to the shop: Tile Trends

In the next post, I am going to reveal my ideas and images for the overall look of the bathroom.  If anyone is going through a bathroom renovation, please get in touch.  I would love to know how you are surviving all the ugly bits?



  • Kathryn Flannery

    September 8, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Looks like it will be great!! Really cool to follow progress and nice to see someone local too! Good on you.

    • cheree

      September 8, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Thank you Kathryn for the lovely feedback. It’s fantastic to see local support!

Comments are closed.